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Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Tree of Life


The Tree of Life is simply one of the most beautiful and unique films I have ever seen.

When I was in the theater watching it for the first time, I wasn't sure exactly what was going on; all I knew was that I was in utter awe at the beauty I was witnessing.


Even after the film had ended I wasn't sure what to make of it.
Since then, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.
It has totally captivated my thoughts.
I need to see it again!

This film isn't for everyone. I'm sure there will be many who won't like it.
It is non-linear, heavily symbolic, deeply spiritual, and at times difficult to watch; but always beautiful.

I have read of many people who were moved to tears.
I wasn't.
To me it was more awe inspiring than emotional, but still an incredible experience.

I would describe The Tree of Life as a symbolic exploration of life, love, loss, and regret.

If you enjoy cerebral films, discussing the meaning of films, and are willing to sit through a film for the experience, rather than just as a source of entertainment, I think you will enjoy The Tree of Life.


If you haven't heard of this film, I recommend that you spend some time researching it.
I would suggest that you begin by watching the trailer.



My first reaction after seeing the trailer was, "they can't possibly make a film which carries on this same feel and imagery for its entire duration."
I was wrong.
The full length film plays out exactly like the trailer, but for two hours and nineteen minutes.
It is marvelous!
If you find yourself captivated by the trailer, definitely go see the film.  It will reward you immensely.


After watching the trailer I would recommend reading Roger Ebert's review of the film.  He calls The Tree of Life "a form of prayer", and I completely agree. It is a meditation on life.

When you go see the film, try to relate to the experiences and emotions it presents, rather than trying to strictly follow the story. I believe this is the way it was meant to be experienced.

Please, go see the film, and then come back and share your thoughts.  This is a film I am eager to discuss.




Wednesday, July 6, 2011

NYC: Day 5

Wednesday...the final agenda:
Late Morning at Catlin's
Vanessa's Dumpling House
Canal Street
Union Square - Trader Joe's
Rockefeller, e-shave
Schnipper's - shakes
Subway to airport

The Merrill Lynch bull.
I skipped all the pictures of people doing obscene things to it's hind end...
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A neat little arch in Chinatown.  We would have spent more time in Chinatown, but it was raining...
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See?!
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That's pretty much it for pictures!
After this, we briefly revisited a few places we liked, then it was off to the subway and on to the aeropuerto, then home...

It was pretty much the best trip I have ever been on.

I can't wait to go back!

I really hope you enjoyed this five-part series.
If you want to check out more of my pictures, you can do that here.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

NYC: Day 4

Tuesday:
Levain - cookies
Synagogue
Central Park Reservoir
Guggenheim
Met
Park Ave - Roses
Central Park
Ramble, Castle, Shakespeare Garden
Brooklyn Bridge
Grimaldi's
Pier

What?! No ferry pictures yet?  Let's remedy that right now...

I'm on a boat.
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My camera zooms pretty good.
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Checking out the view...

Which turns out to be this view...
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I liked seeing the New York cityscape from the ferry.


We dropped by my cousin's synagogue on the upper west side. See his name? He's a Rabbi.  I think that's cool.
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Posing in Central Park.
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I don't know what buildings these are, but I liked how they bordered the park reservoir.
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The Guggenheim.  That Frank Lloyd Wright was one interesting fellow.
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The Met.
Prepare yourself. I really liked the Met...
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Here is some stuff we saw...

An Egyptian statue thing.
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An Egyptian mummy.
Several mummies actually.
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This guy...
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Some guy named Salvador Dali?
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Actually I love Salvador Dali. Especially his moustache.

This Mirror was much more impressive in person. This was the best picture I could get though.  Staring into it was extremely disorienting because it fragments your entire visual plane.
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I liked this color thing.  So did Robin.
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This display was funny because nearly everyone thought it was a real bench for sitting.  Alarms would go off as soon as anyone got too close to it.  It was amusing to watch.
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Again, this was more impressive in person.
You can try to stare at it if you want.
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Andy Warhol.
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Apparently this is a really famous picture.  Something about pointilizm?
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This was written on a wall outside an Episcopal church.  Does anyone know what it means? We really want to know!
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"The Roses" on Park Avenue.













More of Central Park.
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The Mall in Central Park.
I had the tremendous urge to run or bike its entire length. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time. I really want to go back and spend several days just exploring the park.
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The park has a castle! How cool is that?!
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Umbrella swords!
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The was one of the most imposing looking buildings we saw.
It reminds me of something, but I'm not sure what.
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Here's another view.
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I find this hilarious for some reason.
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City Hall.
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City Hall Park.
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Brooklyn Bridge.
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The Manhattan Bridge as viewed from the Brooklyn Bridge.
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These were all over the place.  I liked them.
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Pizza courtesy of Grimaldi's. Quite possibly the coolest pizza location of all time! It is located in "Dumbo", or Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. If ever you find yourself in New York City, this place should not be missed!
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Prepare youself. You are about to view my favorite location from our entire trip!
After eating pizza at Grimaldi's we walked down the street to a little park on a pier overlooking Manhattan.
It provided some of the most spectacular views of the city.
I think it is called Brooklyn Bridge Park.
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On our way out of Brooklyn...
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One more day. Day 5. Can you handle it?